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Biomedical Sensors and Analyses, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Biomedicinska sensorer och analys

This syllabus is valid: 2020-08-17 and until further notice

Course code: 5RA042

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Physics: Second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

Grading scale: TH teknisk betygsskala

Responsible department: Department of Physics

Established by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2020-02-25


The course addresses how physiological signals are measured and analyzed in healthcare and medical research, in particular the following fields are covered:

  • Signal theory
  • Pressure measurements
  • Flow measurements
  • Motion and force measurements
  • Temperature and heat flow measurements
  • Bioelectrical and biomagnetic measurement techniques
  • Chemical measurement techniques

The course consist of two parts:
1. Theory 4.5 ECTS
2. Laboration 3 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Have thorough knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of different types of biomedical sensors
  • Understand the principles of how signals are recorded, amplified and analyzed in biomedical applications
  • Be able to idependently account for how biomedical sensors can be applied in clinical and research settings
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of measurement applications of the brain 

Skills and abilities

  • Demonstrate the ability to, orally and in written form, critically account for how sensors are used in healthcare
  • Be able to independently evaluate a measurement system with regards to measurement uncertainty
  • Demonstrate the ability to independently assess and critically compare choices of different sensors for measurement of for example pressure, flow, temperature or bioelectricity in a physiological context

Judgment and approach

  • Be able to critically reflect on the role of sensors and measurement systems in health care and medical research

Required Knowledge

University: At least 90 ECTS credits including courses in Linear Algebra 7.5 ECTS, Analyses with multiple variables 7.5 ECTS, Electromagnetism 7.5 ECTS, Optics and wave physics 6 ECTS, Thermodynamics 6 ECTS, Physical Measurement Techniques (7,5 ECTS) or corresponding. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/5. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Form of instruction

The instruction is conducted as lectures, supervised laboratory work, seminars and demonstrations.
Attendance is mandatory for laboratory work and demonstrations.

Examination modes

Part 1: Theoretical part 4.5 credits
The part is examined with written exam. Quizzes are conducted at six lectures and can provide bonus points for the written exam. The grade is assessed with Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with Credit (4) or Pass with Distinction (5).

Part 2: Laboration 3 credits.
The part is examined with written laboratory report. The grade is assessed with Fail (U) or Pass (G).

On the course as a whole the potential grades are Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with merit (4) or Pass with distinction (5). The grade is based on the grade received on part 1 and will not be given until all obligatory modules have been approved. 

Students who received a passing grade on an examination may not retake the examination.

Students who do not pass the regular examination renewed examination in accordance with the Umeå University Regulations for tests and examinations at the undergraduate and graduate level (FS 1.1.2-553-14) could be arranged. The first re-test is offered not later than two months after the first examination. When the ordinary examination takes place in May or June, d a first retesting opportunity is given within three months after the first examination. In addition, at least another re-test within one year of regular examination is offered.

In cases where the exam can not be repeated under the current rules for retesting the exam should instead be replaced with another task. The scope and content of such task should not be disproportionate to the missed exam.

A student who has taken two examinations in a course or part of a course without passing, has the right to have another examiner appointed, unless there are specific reasons against it (6 ch. 22, § HF). Requests for new examiners should be addressed to the head of the Department of Radiation Sciences.

Other regulations

In the event that the course expires or major changes are introduced, the students are assured at least three occasions of examination (including regular examination) as prescribed in the syllabus to the course that the student originally registered in over a period of a maximum of two years from the previous syllabus expired.


Valid from: 2020 week 34

Biomedical transducers and instruments
Togawa Tatsuo, Tamura Toshiyo, Öberg P. Åke
Boca Raton : CRC : cop. 1997 : 366 s. :
ISBN: 0-8493-7671-8
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